Since our first night at the Bistro Garden lounge, we’ve been unable to separate ourselves from it. Not only are the food, atmosphere and service superb and without flaw, but on Wednesdays, you can be swept away by piano master David Wilson. This incredibly talented “magician of the keys” tickles the ivories and delights the soul as he enhances, enlightens, and inspires the lives of patrons who visit from 6-10PM. Taking requests and playing favorites in his smooth, classic style, David truly harnesses the romance of music in his playing. Not only does he enjoy and have an ongoing love for the piano, but you can also hear David’s artistry and devotion to his love for music through the violin on any one of ten albums. The extensive array of songs he plays (from Cole Porter to Henry Mancini to romantic standards and seductive lounge pieces) will make you fall in love with what you hear.
In addition to composing and improvising popular music on the piano, David Wilson is a successful recording artist on violin. David first honed his art performing at A list events in the Hollywood community. His audiences have often been attended by entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Robert DeNiro, Jane Seymour, Cher, David Bowie, Bea Arthur, Warren Beatty, Gene Kelly and many others. Henry Mancini, upon hearing David’s easy going melodic style, asked David to record for him.
Soon after recording two albums with Mr. Mancini, David recorded his own first solo album, There’s A Small Hotel. After listening, Swallowtail Records in Minneapolis immediately signed David to a contract. Subsequently, seven albums were recorded and released on Swallowtail Records. The recordings on the Swallowtail label feature ballads of Cole Porter, Gershwin and other great songwriters of the American Songbook. Also included are film themes and Continental favorites. David’s Swallowtail CD sales exceed 170,000 units.
Seeking to widen his musical realm, David and producer Benedikt Brydern ventured into the genre of Latin music on Brydern‘s ConSordino Music label. The result was the creation of the jazzy and lush Elegancia album where David’s violin meets with the vibrant grooves of Latin America.
Following Elegancia was Nobody Does It Better, David’s ninth album. The play list is comprised of popular love songs from the 1960s and 1970s – classics by the Bee Gees, the Beetles, Roberta Flack, Christopher Cross, Herb Alpert, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon and Al Green.
David continues to perform at concerts and events on both piano and violin in the Los Angeles area while working on his tenth release. This album will feature an eclectic variety of David’s original compositions.
“Wilson uses the uniquely grainy sound of his violin to create a series of insinuating, bittersweet, and anti-sentimental moods that magically find the emotional center of each tune… Hearing this CD is a reminder that the masters of that era were superb musicians in just the way that Old Blue Eyes was, singing encores in a smoke-filled lounge late at night, knowing that his audience was falling in love.” -STRINGS MAGAZINE, January 2009
“It was extraordinary to have bossa nova on violin. Very smooth and stimulating sounds! …the album is a true gem of Latin jazz. I absolutely recommend this album.” – TONET’S DAILY EASY LISTENING RADIO
“…Cole Porter’s works are known for their urbane sophistication, yet at the hands of Wilson, these standards come off sounding smooth and nonchalant. Stunning renditions of “From This Moment On”, “In the Still of the Night”, and “What Is This Thing Called Love” capture every bit of the romance and elegance the songs command, utilizing styles which range from jazz to swinging Latin bossa nova.” – JAZZWEST.COM
“You are one of a kind.” – Henry Mancini
David’s piano enlightenment can be heard at the Bistro Garden restaurant every Wednesday from 6PM to 10PM. Bistro garden is located at 12950 Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, CA 91411.
You can experience David’s violin mastery at www.DreamViolin.com.
Believe us, you will be thoroughly happy you did.